The Broken Rifle
For this issue of the Broken Rifle, we want to make the most of the opportunity that International Women's Day offers us every year to reflect on how important feminist and women's struggle are in the analysis of all social movements. We believe that antimilitarism is not - and cannot be - independent of all these reflections, especially because its criticism of violence and oppressive values and practices that sustain militarism and militarisation.
In these articles, you will be able to find useful and insightful ideas and reflections on the role of women within the antimilitarist and peace movement, and the connections between gender and our work for peace, which can be applied in our antimilitarist campaigns to make them stronger and fruitful.
This issue includes a brief reconstruction of the history of the WRI's Women's Working Group along with reflections from some of its members. An article written by Cynthia Cockburn in 2010 on women's activism and resistance nuclear weapons, and a statement from a woman conscientious objector. There are a number of articles that make an analysis of the relationship between hegemonic feminities, masculinities and militarism, as well as the relationship between antimilitarism and the role of women and their campaigns within our movements. You will also find a summary of research on violence against women by the army and the police in Colombia, an article that gathers the lessons of the trans ban in the US, a critique of the policies of guerrilla movements where women participate and finally a recent article, first published by WILPF, that from a feminist perspective reflects and invites us to resist the militaristic discourse when speaking of COVID-19.